Golden Grove House and Garden

History

Golden Grove is where the slave revolt of 1816 ended, rebels fleeing from their stronghold at Bayleys next door. Click here to hear extracts from the speech Barbados’ Governor made to slaves after the revolt.

Our half-hour slideshow for your visit “How Slaves Won Their Freedom in the British Empire” contains a wealth of contemporary readings and explains the Emancipation story.

Below is a chronology- from the date of the rock on which Golden Grove stands- to the presence of Amerindians- to early colonial settlement- to events in 1816- to birth at Golden Grove of a pioneer for women Florence Smith a century later- and finally to the end of plantation life here.